The Hand-Me Down Doll by Steven Kroll

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A beautiful doll with long, dark curls and a velvet coat has been passed from owner to owner: a spoiled little girl, a farmer and his wife, a woman who works the ring-toss booth at a county fair, a chauffeur, a waiter, and a dirty-faced boy. Keep me and love me and give me a name, begs the doll. Finally, her luck changes when she meets a little girl who appreciates her and takes her home. Originally published in 1983, the slightly shortened text is beautifully interpreted in Dan Andreasen's nostalgic oil-painted illustrations.

About Steven Kroll

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The late Steven Kroll wrote more than ninety children’s books, including picture books, non-fiction titles, and novels.
Published May 1, 2012 by Two Lions. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Remarkably, although the doll’s face never actually changes, a slight change in perspective or light or tilt of the head clearly indicates her feelings of hopefulness, sadness or contentment at each turn of events.

May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Hand-Me Down Doll

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Originally published in 1983, Kroll’s tale of a nameless, lonely doll on a happenstance journey to find a loving owner is updated for a new audience by Andreasen’s (Train Trip) softly lit and evocative oil paintings, which seem to set the story sometime in the early decades of the 20th century.

Mar 26 2012 | Read Full Review of The Hand-Me Down Doll

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